Symmetree Orchard

Prairie Grown Fruit from a Family-run U-Pick

Saskatoon Berries
Our Saskatchewan-grown Saskatoon Berries begin ripening anywhere from July 7th to 14th depending on the weather and usually last until the start of August (sometimes into August if the weather isn't very hot).

Saskatoon Berries grow wild across the Canadian Prairies.  There are many varieties that have been licensed for growing developed from wild fruit with the most widely known varieties being Smoky and Theissen.  We grow the Northline variety. Other varieties are coming all of the time.  As a native fruit, the Saskatoon Berry has many native pests and diseases to contend with and occasionally need to be sprayed in order to get any crop at all.  Most years we do not have to spray our Saskatoons.

Saskatoon Berry bushes are actually classified in the Pome (Apple) family.  Plant breeders have previously grafted the Saskatoon varieties onto Cotoneaster roots but since the entire bush is hardy to Saskatchewan that practice was over with long ago.
Saskatoon Berries are very healthy for you.  They are comparable to blueberries in that they have high levels of antioxidants and anthocyanins which aid in prevention of various forms of cancer.  They are also higher in fiber than blueberries.
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Sour Cherries
Dwarf sour cherries were developed at the University of Saskatchewan by making crosses between sour cherries and Mongolian cherries. These cherry bushes can be trimmed into trees but we prefer to leave them as bushes for rejuvenation reasons.

Bing Cherries are the B.C. cherries that everyone knows. These are not the same as Dwarf Sour Cherries. Bing Cherries are for fresh eating only as they turn brown when heated for cooking. Dwarf Sour Cherries actually have a higher sugar content than Bing Cherries but they also have a high acid content leading to the name "sour" cherry. They are mainly used for pies and other processing but lots of people like to eat them fresh. It all depends on your taste.

North American pie filling is made from a yellow-fleshed sour cherry named Montmorency and contains red dye to get the cherry red colour. Dwarf Sour Cherries are a European style cherry and have red flesh that does not require dye to achieve a cherry red colour.

Dwarf Sour Cherries do not stain counters or clothing. They range in size from around the size of a nickel to the size of a loonie. We have 5 varieties: Cupid, Romeo, Juliet, Valentine, & Crimson Passion.

We use Dwarf Sour Cherries for pies, tarts, canning, jams, jellies, syrup, liqueur, fresh eating, and with meats.
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Prairie Apples
We have over 20 varieties of apples in our Saskatchewan orchard.  Some ripen early in the season (end of August) and some ripen late (late September).  We have an apple that would suit every taste and texture preference.

We have apples similar to Gala, MacIntosh, and Golden Delicious.  Whether you enjoy a more tart apple or super sweet, soft texture or really crunchy, we have an apple for you.
They store really well and are great for fresh eating or cooking.  They range in size from a large softball to a plum.  They are all different colours from green to yellow to all shades of red.
Our cold, clean, crisp Prairie conditions are the perfect recipe for fantastic apples.  We do not have a long growing season but we have more hours of sunlight on the Prairies than just about anywhere in the world.  Taste a Prairie Apple.  Taste the Prairie Difference.
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    4 miles West of Luseland, Saskatchewan